Americans Want Cannabis to Be Less Regulated than E-Vehicles and Social Media!
The “gulf” between federal and state drug policies is a topic of discussion in Congress; a psilocybin bill has made progress in Virginia; a Mexican senator has proposed legalizing psychedelic drugs; and sales in Massachusetts have surpassed $4 billion.
You can sign up to have the Marijuana Moment email delivered to your inbox each weekday morning. It’s the most reliable way to stay abreast of the cannabis-related news that matters most right now.
Top Things to Know
In a new analysis, the Congressional Research Service claims that the proliferation of state psychedelics reforms widens the “growing distance” between federal and state drug regulations, which is already significant due to the widespread legalization of marijuana.
In contrast to their views on electric cars, social media, and cryptocurrency, U.S. voters say marijuana regulations should be relaxed in a recent poll.
A Mexican senator recently declared his intention to introduce legislation to legalize the use of psychedelics for medical purposes, and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a video message for a Senate-hosted event, saying that he looks “forward to being your American partner” in the global push for reform.
Bill to reschedule psilocybin and establish an advisory group to “form a long-term strategic plan for enabling therapeutic access” passed the Virginia Senate’s Education and Health Subcommittee on Health Professions.
Since the beginning of sales in late 2018, businesses in Massachusetts have reportedly sold over $4 billion worth of legal recreational marijuana items. Additional purchases of medical cannabis totaled $975 million during the same time frame.
The DEA director in Mexico was fired for having illegal communications with drug cartel attorneys.
A representative from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health discussed the institute’s health risk assessment services for the cannabis industry.
A marijuana company’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was denied.
Democratic Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has promised to propose legislation on the matter following the FDA’s statement that it will not regulate CBD products.
Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) discussed the bipartisan support for marijuana legalization and her own experience with medical marijuana use.
When an amendment to prevent President Joe Biden from selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve failed, New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Woof. The results of my psilocybin modification were even better.
The Office of California’s Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom, Tweeted in December 2022, “in December 2022, Ca’s Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce, with @c Acannabisdept & Law Enforcement, Seized 35,287 Lbs of Illegal Cannabis — Worth Over $54 Million”; 34 Firearms Were Also Confiscated, and 11 People Were Arrested. We’re Doing What We Can Keep the Cannabis Industry Legit and Secure.
Separately, Politicians Are Trying to Get Probes Into the Marijuana Sector Because of Allegations of Corruption and Worker Exploitation.
In Montana, a Bill to Limit Where Pot Shops Can Be Located Was Recently Heard in The House Human Services Committee.
To Prevent Authorities in Missouri from Placing Restrictions on The Number of Marijuana Businesses that Can Be Licenced, a Lawmaker from The State’s Legislature Has Proposed a New Piece of Legislation.
The Legislature of South Dakota Is Currently Debating Multiple Marijuana-Related Laws.
A Lawmaker from Indiana Explained Why He’s Pushing to Legalise the Drug.
A Senator from Maryland Has Proposed Using the Elimination of Marijuana Odour as A Legal Basis for Police Searches.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Has Released a Health and Safety Study on Marijuana Products from Physician Preferred Products Llc that May Include Hazardous Levels of Yeast, Mould, and Aspergillus.
Concerns About the Fund’s Ability to Raise Money Have Been Revealed in Documents Released by The New York State Dormitory Authority After Being Put Under Duress.
Grants Totaling $200,000 Were Distributed by The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for Initiatives Targeted at Increasing Demand For, and Access To, Hemp-Based Products in The State’s Fibre and Food
There Was a Cannabis Industry Career Summit Held by The State of New York’s Department of Labor.
Officials in Oregon Are Polling Those Who Work in The Cannabis Business.
State Officials in Ohio Have Released New Data on The Number of People Using Medical Cannabis and The Number of People Who Provide Care for Them.
On Monday, Vermont’s Regulators Will Discuss Cannabis-Related Issues, and On Thursday, They’ll Host a Networking Event Focused on Marijuana Tax Compliance.